Useless Machine in Make Magazine!

WooHoo, I be a real author, now!  Check it out:  makezine.com/23/uselessmachine/ .  I can’t wait to get my print copy.

Please note, if you don’t have a subscription to Make you’ll only be able to view limited content.  The full build instructions however, are available for all and can be found here.

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5 thoughts on “Useless Machine in Make Magazine!

  1. Very nice! Saw the box on The Colbert Report and then a bit later discovered your guide. Now I just have to make one. This is the first device I’m ever building, so I really want to make sure I get it right. That being said, I want to get cheap parts for the first build so I won’t be out too much $$$ is anything goes wrong. Would the following servo be acceptable? I know it’s super cheap, but I’m alright with that if it’ll function in my prototype. Thanks a ton!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Micro-9g-Mini-Servo-Futaba-Hitec-HS-55-GWS-walkera-RC-/300440091987?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Radio_Control_Parts_Accessories&hash=item45f39ffd53

    P.S. I hope this isn’t rude, though I also posted this comment on your ‘ible. I’m just really anxious to make my own so I can show it off.

  2. Don’t use that servo, chances are it won’t have enough torque. Stay away from any of the micro-sized servo’s.

    A standard size servo with at least 4-5Kg/Cm torque will work in most cases.

    Keep in mind that the toggle switch and arm length are some of the things that will determine how strong a servo you’ll need. Most of the standard servos should do the job.

    This one will work almost for sure: http://cgi.ebay.com/SG5010-Servo-RC-Helicopter-Airplane-Digital-Futaba-F309-/300440092283?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Radio_Control_Parts_Accessories&hash=item45f39ffe7b

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